School of Babel, a Documentary Film

This unassuming and quietly moving documentary from Julie Bertuccelli recalls the likes of 2002’s ÊTRE ET AVOIR.

School of Babel observes the students and dynamics at a Parisian primary school, focusing on an intensive class in which children from around the world are brought together to improve their often limited French.

With a light and intimate touch, the film tackles themes of language, integration and the dislocation experienced by immigrant children, elegantly observing the pupils as they learn and adjust to one other, and to a new tongue.

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